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Katy Deacon

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Katy Deacon

Awards: IET Young Women Engineer of the Year Award 2007; WES Karen Burt 2009


Katy  is an Energy Engineer from Cleckheaton, Yorkshire was voted Young Woman Engineer of the Year 2006 by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Katy works for Kirklees Council, Huddersfield, where she helps spearhead the Council’s drive to make greater use of renewable energy. She has worked on projects installing wind turbines and solar power systems for schools and colleges. ‘Energy efficiency has become a passion for me. My aim is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, whether that is with my employer or on a national scale and I’m revelling in this opportunity to enthuse people’. ‘I want to be seen as an ambassador for the engineering industry and we need to encourage more young people into this exciting and dynamic sector.’

When she was young, she always used to like working with her dad and playing with Lego and other construction toys. At school she studied physics, chemistry, maths and computing, so pursuing a career in engineering seemed natural to her. Her classes were mainly boys and she always assumed she would have lower grades than them and that the boys would be better than me… It didn’t take long for her to realise that this was not the case!

In her spare time she is a Scout Leader and is helping to organise a renewable energy and conservation camp in the summer which I’m really looking forward to.

She recently completed my MSc in Advanced Engineering covering subjects including wireless communications, building services power and lighting, solar power, wind power, integration of renewables and low carbon building design. She is now working on obtaining Chartered Engineer (CEng) status and has applied for sponsorship for a 3 year MBA.

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